Visits to Peacekeeping Operations: CYPRUS

January 2009

On the Green Line in the divided capital Nicosia, in a no-man's land between Turkish and Greek Cypriot Guard forces, accompanied by an Argentine Naval officer and a UK reservist. Maple House was the former dwelling of Canadian army contingent of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) but it has been abandoned since the Canadian withdrawal from the mission in 1993 after 30 years of service. As a British Colonel told me, "Canada is written all over this mission" even after the withdrawal. (Only one Canadian soldier is currently serving in the mission. Canada still calls its contribution "Operation Snowgoose").  


With the Argentine naval officer who served as the J6 Communications, at a communications relay station along the Green Line.


Evidence of No-Man's Land (frozen in time since the 1974 Turkish invasion):



Remote camera placed on the Green Line to warn the UN of any violations of the cease-fire or other agreements:


 Other field work: Timor; Haiti; and Congo.